I usually say a prayer every morning as soon as I get up, and ask God to be with me during the day, and be with everyone I love. It gives me the strength I need to get everything done. I woke up this morning asking God to give me the strength and energy to get Major Stuff done today.
It continued to be really cold and rainy all day. We got over 2 inches of rain in the past two days, by our rain guage.
It wasn't raining hard when we went to Kroger, but Mother still got chilled. It's a huge, cavernous store, and it tends to be chilly in winter. Of course, I wasn't even wearing a jacket. Menopause keeps me warm.
We came home and unloaded, and to my surprise, the kids were eager to get the tree set up. We have a new tree this year. I bought it last year after Christmas and got an incredible 50% discount at Home Depot because they were clearing out their Christmas stuff. It's huge and pre-lit with colored lights. Our problem was that it wouldn't fit in our living room, where we always put the tree! Alesia is brilliant at putting things together, so I let her and Michael do it, and she came in and said, horrified, the tree is too TALL!
Well, I found a great spot behind the sofa in the family room, right in front of the french doors to the patio, which we rarely use. We had to rearrange furniture a bit, but it looks fine. It's a HUGE tree - the biggest one we've ever had, in my memory. I told Michael, I remember Mother and Daddy buying a real tree every year, and every year they had a fight. He always hated paying for trees. One year he wanted to go out to some property we owned and cut a tree, and there weren't any trees that would work. After he got a tree each year he cursed, and sawed, and we finally got it set up, and he had a beer. After beer #2 he was willing to talk about putting on the lights.
Michael was actively involved in decorating the tree this year. We talked about the different ornaments and how old they were, and why they were special. We have ornaments special to each person. For instance, we have a nutcracker soldier with Dad's name on it, and Michael was so excited to see it. We have a little bird made of tinfoil that my brother made as a little boy. There's a beautiful hot air balloon ornament that Mother loves, because she loves hot air balloons. We have about a half dozen lacy angels that came from my aunt. The tree seems to be heavy on angels and santas.
We will finish decorating in the next few days. We have more angels, a santa figurine collection, the nativity scenes, etc. We tend to decorate more inside than outside. Mother likes to put greenery around, too, to give the house a Christmasy smell. I hate cleaning it up in January, but I understand the need for the smell. Mother says it's the only way she can tolerate the artificial tree.
I have done some more Christmas shopping online, but I'm far from done. My internet connection is down at the moment and I am having to type this on Mother's computer. Hopefully the AT&T technician can fix it tomorrow.